The 2018 draft proposed to amend the Austrian asylum and migration law aims to "prevent asylum abuse" and to "increase the efficiency of asylum and immigration law procedures". The proposal seems to assume that asylum-seekers are generally badly intentioned. These generalizations are used to legitimize measures that intervene in human rights of individuals and that reinforce the already existing special status of asylum law. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights therefore addresses critical aspects of the proposal.

Escape always means uprooting and loss. And yet there are objects that can report such traumatic experiences. The project "Flucht europäisch Erzählen – Being Refugee: A European Narrative" aims to grasp and narrate escape from a european perspective. On May 16, 2018, a podium discussion will take place on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition in the Wien Museum on Karlsplatz.

Manfred Nowak (BIM) talked with Michael McKay on 30 April 2018 at World Radio Switzerland (WRS) about the UN Global Study "Children Deprived of Liberty" and the global problem of incarcerated children. You can find his interview here.

From 22 to 23 May 2018, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the City of Vienna will be hosting the international high-level expert conference “Vienna+25: Building Trust – Making Human Rights a Reality for All” at Vienna City Hall.

Due to the genocides and crimes committed in the Second World War the protection of fundamental and human rights received great attention, which the United Nations (UN) immediately adopted after the end of the war. With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (AEMR) of 1948, many UN member states agreed for the first time on a worldwide catalog of values.

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